castle and the MacDonald raid.
In 1431, Donald Balloch from Dunivaig
castle, on behalf of the captive MacDonald Lord of the Isles led an army of
only 800 highlanders, made up of MacLeans of Coll, MacDuffies of Colonsay,
MacQuarries of Ulva and the MacKays of the Rhinns, in rebellion against King
James I of Scots (1406-1437). The King's man in the North, the Earl of Mar
was stationed at Inverlochy castle, to entice '..the rest of MacDonald's
vassals,...' to join the King's party, when the MacDonalds raided. Mar's
force had 'pitched their tents near the castle of Inverlochy' and were
warned of the approaching MacDonalds. However, Mackintosh who was busy
playing cards with Mar dismissed this report saying
'he knew well the doings of the big bellied carles of the Isles.'
The King's force were taken totally by surprise as the first wave of
highlanders hit, royal forces were said to be over 900 slain, including the
Earl of Atholl's son, Alan, Earl of Caithness
'along with sixteen men at arms of his household retinue and many
others.' Mar himself escaped half naked and on foot all the way to his
home fortress of Kildrummy. Surprisingly,
the MacDonald force didn't know they had obtained such a great victory and
had withdrawn midway through the battle. Andrew Spratt
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